Green Ribbon Kit List
Given how much of an outdoors kit nerd I have been known to be, I felt it was only appropriate that I put together a blog all about what I’ll be taking on my next big expedition, the Green Ribbon 2019.
To recap, the Green Ribbon is a 1,300km trek across Arctic and Northern Scandinavia. Starting at the Treriksröset (the cairn marking where Norway, Sweden and Finland meet), I’ll make my way South, following the length of the mountains on the Swedish-Norwegian border. The expedition is self-supported, solo, and will cross some of Europe's greatest wilderness areas.
Tent Hilleberg Akto - my go-to solo expedition tent. It’s a 1-man, 4-season tent that weighs in at 1.7kg yet is still absolutely bombproof (and yes, that’s through firsthand experience of sleeping in it in some incredibly challenging conditions).
Sleeping bag Marmot Never Summer - a super snuggly down sleeping bag. The comfort rating is -12°C but it only weighs 1.45kg - lots of warmth without too much weight!
Sleeping mat Sea To Summit UltraLight Insulated Mat - the sleeping mat I swear by. It’s incredibly light and compact (480g), really quick and easy to inflate, deflate and pack up, it’s long enough for tall people like me and I can lie on my side without my hips touching the floor.
Sleeping bag liner Sea To Summit Thermolite Reactor Liner - I recommend using a sleeping bag liner on any trip for hygiene reasons - it’s a lot easier than a sleeping bag to chuck in the wash! This one adds up to 8°C to a sleeping bag’s warmth.
Pillow DIY memory foam pillow.
Stove set-up For this trip I’ll be using a JetBoil stove. I’ve replaced the JetBoil pot with an MSR Alpine pot because I needed something I could pop on top of the Savotta Happy Stove I’m taking, which is a simple twig/wood stove.
Food I’ll be using Firepot dehydrated meals for dinners. Firepot have introduced a new eco-packaging - they’re made from bio-based sources which means they’re fully compostable. Eat Natural have kindly supplied me with cereal and snack bars, and Bounce have sent me lots of protein balls to keep me going. I’ve also got a stash of delish Mission performance teas.
Raincoat Paramo Velez Evolution
Fleece Patagonia Women's Lightweight Fleece Pullover
Tshirts Icebreaker Tech Lite short sleeve tees
Trousers Paramo Ventura Trek trousers
Down jacket Arc'teryx Women's Cerium LT Hoody
Underwear All Icebreaker merino, plus a pair of SealSkinz waterproof socks
Tecnica Forge Gore-Tex walking boots - heat and compression moulded to my foot thanks to Ellis Brigham!
Garmin inReach Explorer+ GPS & Satellite Communicator
Powertraveller Extreme solar panel
Petzl Reactik+ Head Torch
Canon EOS 5D MkIII with a 24-70mm F/2.8L USM Mk1 Lens
VEO 2 lightweight tripod
iPad - have to justify the weight of this, but decided to go for it so I can edit photos and write blogs while I’m away. Sharing my experiences is a big part of adventuring for me!
Rucksack Osprey Women's Xena 85
First Aid Kit (as compiled by Steve from Beyond First Aid)
Journal and pens
Lifesystems Survival Bivi
Lifesystems midge & mosquito headnet
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